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The colour shows the frequency of the waves, which is like the colour of light. The brightness varies with frequency due to a process termed “scintillation”, which is caused by the twinkling of the burst in the cosmic web. This scintillation is the fingerprint of turbulence in the cosmic web and tells us that web is very placid. Credit: Dr Vikram Ravi/Caltech and Dr Ryan Shannon/ICRAR-Curtin/CSIRO

The radio pulse FRB 150807
The colour shows the frequency of the waves, which is like the colour of light. The brightness varies with frequency due to a process termed “scintillation”, which is caused by the twinkling of the burst in the cosmic web. This scintillation is the fingerprint of turbulence in the cosmic web and tells us that web is very placid.
Credit: Dr Vikram Ravi/Caltech and Dr Ryan Shannon/ICRAR-Curtin/CSIRO

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are a newly-discovered population of millisecond-timescale transient events. Their origin is unknown, but they are thought to emanate at cosmological distances, making the observed emission from these events extremely luminous. In this project you will use data from the CRAFT survey on the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) to search for Fast Radio Bursts, and attempt to determine their properties.

The project will involve using the Pawsey supercomputer to search data from the Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients (CRAFT) survey for FRBs. You will de-disperse the data and visually inspect the dynamic spectrum of putative candidates to check the reliability of the classification against automated candidate detection algorithms.

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Co-Supervisors

Dr Clancy James

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Ramesh Bhat

Senior Research Fellow

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